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Old 08-22-2013, 09:25 AM   #91
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This road was sort of following the border of Democratic Republic of Congo, and was full of people walking and small villages for moer than 1000 km , i got a sore arm from waving
I stayed at a little village called Kaputa , fuel $3 per litre , room $7
not much choice on the menu , but friendly smiles


fill up by the 5 litre

marsh land all around , again the DRC in the far distance


its the burning season


i ended up in a little village called Sumbu on the edge of the Sumbu national Park , i bumped into a guy Called Vic who runs a resort in the game park , he gave me some pointers i snuck past the entrance to the park as they don't allow bikes , Vic said the lions should leave you alone , just watch out for the elephants


Vics directions said , you go for about 15 km then the track runs out ,then go down the little track to the river

little track was steep , steep and rocky , it was about 2 kph ,slipping and sliding down this nightmare of a hill , looking over my shoulder for these lions ,

did i mention steep and rocky



the track kept splitting and i had to do a little tracker work finding the fresh tracks

i finally made it to the bottom , there was no way i was getting back up that track , unless it was on a Gas Gas
then came the river


these guys loaded me up on a leaky old wooden boat for the crossing $10



boat was empty at the start


see the croc over there he says


done deal , they were all smiles
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Old 08-23-2013, 03:04 PM   #92
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Keep it coming.
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Old 08-25-2013, 02:20 PM   #93
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Old 08-26-2013, 10:23 AM   #94
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hey crazydog
are you in jo burg or cape town , i have used the levers a few times and like them , maybe send them to oz , i just did the M.V.liema on Lake Tanganyika for a few days , 100 year old german boat , pretty cool ,i you do it in hope you like nshima, will post pics ,i am off to Burundi tomorrow , i am jammed in a small sweaty internet cafe next to a 82 model XR200
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Old 08-27-2013, 09:02 AM   #95
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Old 08-27-2013, 09:56 AM   #96
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Greetings from California...Lovin your report!!!
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Old 08-27-2013, 11:45 AM   #97
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Now that's an adventure! Are the panniers standing up to it?
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Old 08-27-2013, 01:17 PM   #98
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hey crazydog
are you in jo burg or cape town , i have used the levers a few times and like them , maybe send them to oz , i just did the m.v.liema on lake tanganyika for a few days , 100 year old german boat , pretty cool ,i you do it in hope you like nshima, will post pics ,i am off to burundi tomorrow , i am jammed in a small sweaty internet cafe next to a 82 model xr200
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:25 AM   #99
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having a bad day , gps fucked , lap top fucked, and just blew my rear shock again , this is the stqte of the art hand made in USA one, that has only done 12,000 KM , so it now bucks around like an old mole and steers me off the roqd in corrugations , i hava just about had enough ,and i aint near anywhere to get it fixed
the panniers are doing ok , not exactly dust proof but still in one piece
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Old 08-28-2013, 12:32 PM   #100
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Sorry to hear that you are having problems.
On the rear shock, on those corrugated roads that shock works very hard and as a result get very hot. Also the shock is hidden away a bit so it does not get much cooling air flow past it plus the hot exhaust pipe is also right next to it so that does not help either. So take it easy and let the shock cool down from time to time.
BTW in northern Kenya there is a road that is named the shock killer.
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Old 08-28-2013, 01:44 PM   #101
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Bad day

Keep your spirits up. Your report is just fantastic - was showing it to friends in a coffee shop this am and some of them are really hooked.
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Old 08-28-2013, 07:23 PM   #102
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The bad times will be the good memories in the future. It'll work out somehow. It always does. Might be a good time to ditch some stuff you haven't had to use for a while to help the bike out.
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:00 PM   #103
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Keep it up and thanks for a sharing Africa like it is. Except for the shock the KLR seems to be going well
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Old 08-29-2013, 07:13 AM   #104
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Stop moaning i say , i had my vent ,i dont really have to much that i don't use, except for a few spares,no hair dryer or snap on tool kits, the bit that pissed me off is that the hippo decided to throw me sideways while it was having a nancy in the rough bits ,and high sided me off the track into a prickle bush ( i shit you not) and i plucked out about 30 needles from my hand last night , my hand looks like a pin cushion, expensive shocks are meant to take rough stuff , when its buit to suit that purpose , i aint exactly riding like Mark Coma
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Old 08-29-2013, 02:27 PM   #105
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Good news is that RICOR are sending me a new shock , i might get a job in their test team , oh and GOPRO are replacing my camera , and actually sending it to Africa , not making me wait 3 months, so all in all a good day following a bad day
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